RTVS: European Parliament: Russia is a state sponsor of terrorism

Following the Russian attacks on civilians in Ukraine, the European Parliament has designated Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. What does this declaration mean in practice and what does it mean for member states? Our Executive Director Martin Vokálek commented on this matter for Slovak RTVS.

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CT24: Price cap on gas for electricity production may lead to gas depletion

At a joint meeting of EU ministers, possible solutions to high gas prices were discussed. Our researcher Michal Hrubý commented on the meeting for Událostí, komentáře ČT24. He warned, for example, against capping prices of gas used for electricity production, which could lead to the exhaustion of gas reserves due to low prices. On the other hand, he positively assessed the planned joint European purchases of gas, which could significantly help the Czech economy.

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Ekonews: It won't work without a dig in your own "garden". The EU needs raw materials to transform the energy sector

The energy transition and decarbonisation of transport require minerals and metals, the extraction of which is mainly controlled by China. Clean energy technologies are much more material intensive, but Europe has limited access to these raw materials. Our researcher , Michal Hrubý, provided Ekonews with a commentary on the topic of clean energy and minerals.

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E15: Germany continues to look for a way out of the energy crisis, confirms Scholz's visit to Prague

Tereza Novotná, an associate research fellow at our Institute, has provided a commentary for the E15 portal. In the article, she discusses the visit of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Prague and the energy crisis that threatens the EU. According to Novotná, responsibility also lies with other countries, including the Czech Republic, which also failed to develop other energy sources in time.

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iDNES.cz: One-day vignette from 2024. The price will be determined by an increased annual vignette

The head of our Brussels office, Žiga Faktor, provided a commentary to the news portal iDnes.cz on the topic "One-day vignette from 2024. The price will be determined by the increased annual vignette". Since 2017, a proposal for a mandatory toll system in the EU has been in the works, so that trucks would pay only according to the number of kilometres driven. However, the changes also affect cars, specifically by introducing a one-day vignette. The price of the one-day vignette has not yet been set, but according to European regulations it must not exceed nine percent of the annual toll. The final price of the one-day vignette therefore depends on the annual motorway toll. Its implementation can be expected in 2024.

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EURO: Uncertain heating season opens the return of coal

Our senior research fellow Kateřina Davidová commented for the weekly magazine Euro on the topic "Uncertain heating season opens the return of coal". In her commentary, she discusses Europe's energy self-sufficiency and, among other things, the current and future state of the Czech energy sector without coal.

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iDnes.cz | The negotiations on Euro 7 are approaching. Will they put a stop to internal combustion cars in 2025?

Our researcher Michal Hrubý commented for the news portal iDnes.cz on the long-awaited Euro 7 emission standard. In his commentary, he mentions the circumstances of its negotiation and talks about its potential entry into force.

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Podcast nr 2: Energy policy of Poland and the Czech Republic until 2050.

Michal Hrubý, a research fellow at our Institute, provided a video commentary for podcast hosted by the Economic Forum / Forum Ekonomiczne. Will the green transformation be an easy task? How is the war in Ukraine pushing us towards a faster green and digital transformation? Michal Hruby talks about that in his commentary.

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ČRo Plus: Serbs don't want to join the EU. According to ordinary people, it would be collusion with other corrupt countries

What attitude Serbian citizens have towards EU membership, why they have a "rational attitude" towards it and what their historical ties to Russia are, is the topic of our associate research fellow Marko Stojić's commentary for Czech Radio Plus.

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iDnes: Czech sounds through Brussels. Spejbl and Hurvínek will be there with the Presidency

The Czech Republic will sit on the EU Council for the second time in July. Thanks to the presidency and the growing number of visiting diplomats, the Czech language is spreading through Brussels more than usual, so you can hear "ahoj" or "rád tě vidím" here and there in the streets, writes Žiga Faktor in his commentary for iDNES.cz.

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